I hope you will share the books you love on writing, so I can add them to the list. Feel free to come up with new categories too. I’m adding suggestions from others in blue text.
Editing Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Renni Browne and Dave King A Writer’s Guide to Fiction, by Elizabeth Lyon Writing Better Word Painting – A Guide to Writing More Descriptively, by
Rebecca McClanahan The Writer’s Journey, by Christopher Vogler On Writing, by Stephen King Writing the Mind Alive, by Linda Trichter Metcalf and Tobin Simon
Get Your Juices Going Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg – also check out Wild Mind What If? by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott The 3 a.m. Epiphany, by Brian Kiteley
Overcoming Writer’s Block and Procrastination Fearless Creating, by Eric Maisel – also check out Deep Writing, A Writer’s Space, and his many, many other books The Woman Who Spilled Words All Over Herself, by Rosemary Daniell The Writer’s Portable Therapist, by Rachel Ballon Writing Past Dark, by Bonnie Friedman
Naked, Drunk, and Writing, by Adair Lara The Situation and the Story, by Vivian Gornick Unreliable Truth, by Maureen Murdock Living to Tell the Tale, by Jane Taylor McDonnell Old Friend from Far Away, Natalie Goldberg
Publishing Get Known Before the Book Deal, by Christna Katz
Organization (This is not about organizing your writing, but about organizing your life) Organizing for the Creative Person, by Dorothy Lehmkuhl and Dolores Cotter Lamping
Craft of Poetry Creating Poetry, by John Drury Three Genres, by Stephen Minot (it covers poetry, fiction, and drama) The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz, and Memory: How to Make Your Poetry Swing, by Keith Flynn Unleash the Poem Within, by Wendy Nyemaster Writing Poetry, by Barbara Drake
Editing The Poetry Home Repair Manual, by Ted Kooser
Going with the Flow Writing the Australian Crawl: Views on the Writers Vocation, by William Stafford poemcrazy: freeing your life with words, by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as an Assertive Force and Contradiction, by Dean Young.
Instruction and Practice The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach, edited by Robin Behn & Chase Twichell Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read & Write Poetry, by Sage Cohen
Reading Poetry – We need to learn how to read poetry to help us write poetry How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry, by Edward Hirsch The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets, by Bill D. Moyers, James Haba and David Grubin